The Laboratory with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


We’re getting right down to the wire, my little ghosties and goblins. It’s almost Halloweeeeeeeeeeen! And time to share my last Halloween project for the year… a spooky undertaker card made with the new Laboratory die set from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.


It just wouldn’t be Halloween without a few poison bottles, right? And with this set you can build up a whole laboratory full of different potion bottle, label, and cork combos, with a little shelf for setting them on, too.  I did some inlay die cutting on my three bottles, and then a heavy coating of ink and embossing powder gives the jars a bit of an old mercury glass feel. And I love how some Distress water coloring makes the contents seem to smoke and swirl about.


I picture this shelf in some old dark and dingy undertaker’s shop, complete with wood paneling and stained glass windows, and a spider, or two, here and there.

And just like that, the Halloween projects will be packed up for another year. But I’ll be back on Wednesday with the final installment of my 2018 Haunted House tour. Until then, I hope you all have a spooktacular week, my friends!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTim Holtz 8.5 X 11 DISTRESS WOODGRAIN CARDSTOCK Ranger Ink TDA57826Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - LaboratorySizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesSizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Tattered BannersStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - TrellisTim Holtz Idea-ology HALLOWEEN Remnant Rubs TH93604Tim Holtz Idea-ology MINI FASTENERS Brads Screws Hardware TH92790Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Spiced MarmaladeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Carved PumpkinRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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A Candy Corn Trick or Treat with Ranger Ink


Spooky greetings, crafty friends, and happy Monday to you all! I am so excited to be starting out the week with a Halloween project tutorial over on the Ranger Ink blog for this set of silly sweet trick or treat goody bag tags.


I’ve mentioned here before my love of candy corn, and I always get a chuckle from the mixed reviews on the confections…. cause seriously, you either love them or you hate them, with very little in between. But to me, candy corn is super yummy and such an iconic fall treat, and also was the inspiration for my tag set today.


These cute tags were made with the new Stacked Tags die set from Tim Holtz/Sizzix (coming soon), along with the fall-released Frightening Faces set and lots of candy corn-colored Distress inks. I made a double layer of tags, die cutting a variety of faces from the layer on top, while the bottom layer was inked in an hombre shading of bright yellow to orange. You may have noticed that I keep returning to this Frightening Faces die set. I really do think that it’s ended up being my favorite set from the Halloween release, as there is just so much you can do with it. If you’re looking for a few other project ideas using this set, check out this post (here) and this one (here).


As always, I’ll have the full step-by-step project tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more. And I’ll link you to all of the supplies below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightening FacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Crazy TalkStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - DiamondsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesHero Arts - Self-Adhesive Googly EyesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Spiced MarmaladeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Embossing Ink ClearRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - Super Fine - BlackRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 OunceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Trick or Treat with Tim Holtz & Sizzix


Boo-Yeah, Friends! Happy Monday! I’m back today with a spooky card share featuring new seasonal products from the 2018 Tim Holtz and Sizzix Halloween release. This is the silly sweet Frightening Faces die set, along with the new Halloween Shadow Script set, a bold sentiment set that is sure to be a stand-out on your crafty projects this year.


Frightening Faces creates a myriad of silly faces, and one thing that I really love about it is that you can use either the positive or the negative shapes, giving you lots of design options. You all may remember the owl card I made awhile back that uses a mix of the positive face pieces to build the actual owl body (click here if you missed that post). And today I’m using the negative die cut shapes on a dark and moody panel made with Distress Oxide inks. I love the cutaway faces that creates, of course enhanced greatly, in my humble opinion, by the addition of googly eyes.


I used the negative cutouts of the Halloween Shadow Script set to make die cut openings for the sentiment, too. And then stacks of the script positives, die cut from silver metallic cardstock beneath and crisp black cardstock above, make the sentiment really pop. The silver layer on the bottom is a very subtle touch, but adds a bit of surprise when viewed from the side.


The card base itself is made up of several layers, starting with silver Distress Metallic cardstock that has been sanded for age. Layer two is white cardstock, edged all around in Idea-ology Halloween design tape. You’ll notice I used some additional pieces of tape to “hold down” the top layer, too. Finally comes the last layers of Distress watercolor cardstock, inked up in Halloween colors of Distress. The greens are a mix of Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress inks. The top panel is made with Oxides in Wilted Violet and Hickory Smoke. And while the inks were still wet, I trickled on spots of silver embossing powder, which were carefully heat set from below.


A single poison label cut from the Halloween Paper Stash adds a fun “tab” to the top of the card. And I finished off with Idea-ology hex nuts in the corners. Those guys totally remind me of the bolts on Frankenstein… so fitting for a little Halloween spook, don’t you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope your week is off to a great start!

P.S.- I started up my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour this weekend. Keep scrolling down a post if you missed day one, and would like to catch up… or simply click here.


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - MetallicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - HalloweenSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightening FacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Shadow Script HalloweenAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Design Tape - HalloweenAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Hex FastenersHero Arts - Self-Adhesive Googly EyesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Twisted CitronRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - SilverRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

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These Sinister Haunted Bones


Happy Fri-YAY, friends! I’m back today with a spooky card share featuring new seasonal products from the 2018 Tim Holtz and Sizzix Halloween release. This is the awesome new Sinister die…. a wicked creepy skull die with cutout detail that is truly a bit of a masterpiece.


Sinister is a Bigz steel-edged die, which means that you can die cut this skull not only from paper, but from all sorts of different surfaces, too. I wanted lots of dimension on my guy here, so I die cut my shapes several times from heavyweight watercolor cardstock, and stacked them together to build up the height while leaving some nice depressions for eye sockets and nose.


The top layers were inked and then covered in Ranger Opaque Crackle paste for texture. I used a combo of Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress inks on the skull and jawbone using the ink smooshing technique. Added in Black Soot for the cavities to deepen and darken the depressions, and Brushed Corduroy on the teeth to bring out the yellow of age… brrrrrrr. While I still had the wet inks on my craft mat, I used the watery mixture to help spread the crackle paste onto the die cuts with my finger, which gave me some really interesting effects on the finish. Smooth in some spots, and nicely crackled in other, with a hint of color throughout to tone down the bright white of the paste. And then a coat of Glossy Accents brings out the shine on the socket cavities and teeth.


I used patterned paper from the Halloween Paper Stash for my background, all inked and splattered. I stamped cobwebs onto one of the layers and bordered the paper with Idea-ology designer tape. Chit Chat stickers for the sentiment, and of course one of those creepy spider adornments creeping down from above.

Have you all gotten into Halloween crafting for the season? If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out Tim’s video below showcasing lots of great project ideas for getting your spook on.

P.S.- There’s a monster sale going on now through Sunday, October 14th at Sizzix. Click on the photo banner below to check out the savings.
And as always, thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend, everyone!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below: (Affiliate links at no extra cost to you)

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - HalloweenTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps MINI HALLOWEEN cms093Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - SinisterTim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink Inkssentials Glossy Accents Clear Dimensional Embellishment .5 ouncesRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

Idea-ology: Seasonal Chit Chat, Dapper Design Tape

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Going Batty with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

Hi crafty friends! I’m sneaking back in with another project and some fun news today…. because let’s face it, once the holiday season hits there is so much to share. For those of you, like me, who are anxiously awaiting the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween release, I am so excited to let you know that the dies are now available at your favorite local retailer and online shops !

I was super fortunate to have received some of the new dies ahead of time to make samples for the reveal, and I can’t wait to start sharing with you the fun projects I created. Be sure to check out the video above for tons of fall and Halloween project ideas from a whole group of very talented designers who have been working hard behind the scenes to provide lots of inspiration for the season. Those of you who have been following me for awhile, can you pick out my projects?
I’d love to hear!
Let the spooks begin!


I don’t know how often one can say this, but I truly love every single die set from the new Halloween release.  When I was a young college student, I fell in love with Anne Rice’s vampire Lestat, so it seemed only fitting to start with this majestic guy today. This is the vampire from the new Ghoulish dies, a set of three silhouette-style images that also includes an awesome skeleton and monster figurine, as well as the bat used here.


Check out all the detail to the outline of this thinlits die. It’s truly amazing what can be done these days with simple dies. I cut my vampire several times from heavyweight watercolor cardstock, and stacked the shapes together to create some depth. The top layer was watercolored with Distress inks in a deep rich color palette of blood red and black. One fun thing about these dies is that you can keep the figures in a silhouette design, or add features to them, like I’ve done here.


The background was inked and stenciled using the Halloween Mixed Media dies from a previous release. I went with sort of a vintage color palette of Aged Mahogany and Victorian Velvet, with a bit of Antique Linen thrown in, reminiscent of those old horror movies from the 1950’s. Classic haunted mansion. The sentiment was die cut from black Distress cardstock using the new Alphanumeric Cutout Upper alpha dies. You may notice that I did a bit of stenciling on that panel as well, using the negative leftover shape from the Drip Edge die I used on the top of the card.


And speaking of that drip edge, what a great bloody drip line it makes when inked in Aged Mahogany Distress and dotted with Glossy Accents. I inked the card base layer with mahogany ink to match, and then pulled in black cardstock for the rest of the design. I love how a simple paper distressor and a bit of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide adds instant age to even the darkest cardstock.

So what do you all think of the Halloween release? Is your wish-list a mile long, too? Hit the comments below and tell me what’s your must-haves for the year. And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - GhoulishSizzix Thinlits Die Set 76PK - Alphanumeric, Cutout Upper (3/4" Tall)Sizzix Thinlits Die - Drip EdgeTim Holtz Sizzix MIXED MEDIA HALLOWEEN Thinlits Die 661588

 

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Victorian VelvetTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Black Soot

Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 OunceRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTim Holtz Tonic PAPER DISTRESSER Altered Aged Edges 370e

Whooooo’s Ready for a Tim Holtz Halloween?


Hi crafty friends! I’ve found myself with a few extra days off from work, and am taking advantage by sneaking back in with a bonus blog post for the week. Hurricane Flo was projected to make a direct hit on us here in central North Carolina, and schools and businesses have been closed for most of the week in preparation. After frantic and frenzied searches for gas and groceries at the beginning of the week, we’ve been hunkered down, just waiting. And that has given me plenty of time to take down all my summer patriotic decor, and start breaking out the fall goodies. And so, my friends, I am definitely in a Halloween type of mood.


Last month I was lucky enough to get my hands of some of the brand new Halloween Alterations dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, and I’m so excited to share my spooky creations with you…. starting today with this moonlit scene made with the new Frightening Faces die set.

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Frightening Faces

This fun set creates a myriad of silly faces, and one thing that I really love about it is that you can use either the positive or the negative shapes, giving you lots of design options. One of the first faces that jumped out at me was that scowling owl in the middle, and once I saw him, I couldn’t help but create an entire owl body using a mixture of pieces from the set.


I pulled out the previously released Halftone Halloween stamp set to make the body of the owl, and then started piecing. First the owl face, and then the cat eyes for the wings. The monster face with the big slit teeth and three eyes gave me the owl’s feathers and talons. The branch and moon are from older sets, as is the Rosettes texture fade used for the embossed background. And the sentiment was created using the new Alphanumeric Cutout Upper alphabet set.


I used tons of Distress inks and paints on the background and die cuts, and absolutely love how shabby sweet this came out. A strip of patterned paper was stitched down the middle and embellished with a few stamped details and Halloween rubs. A coat of Glossy Accents was added to the eyes. And a grey Distress marker gave me a great drop shadow to build up some depth to the scene.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! It’s raining here, but it looks like we’ll be spared from much of Flo. Keeping my fingers crossed.


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress 8.5 X 11 MIXED MEDIA HEAVYSTOCK TDA53842Dina Wakley Ranger KRAFT PAPER PACK mdj59653Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash CLASSIC KRAFT STOCK Paperie TH93585Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash MEMORANDA Paperie TH93550Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps HALFTONE HALLOWEEN CMS199Tim Holtz Sizzix FRIGHTENING FACES Thinlits Die Set 663090Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 76PK - Alphanumeric, Cutout Upper (3/4" Tall)Tim Holtz Sizzix HAUNTED HOUSE Thinlits Die 662378Tim Holtz Sizzix FALL FOLIAGE Thinlits Die 660955Tim Holtz Sizzix ROSETTES Texture Fades Embossing Folder 662391Tim Holtz Idea-ology HALLOWEEN Remnant Rubs TH93604Ranger GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad HICKORY SMOKE Ranger tdo56027Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET Ranger TIM43263Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TIM43225Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad GATHERED TWIGS Ranger TIM32823Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger TIM19541Tim Holtz Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDD36425Tim Holtz Distress Paint CARVED PUMPKIN Ranger TDD43560Tim Holtz Distress Markers PUMICE STONE Ranger TDM32625Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842

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